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  • Music

    published December 28, 2004

    Though some smart people will argue otherwise, 2004 was another great year for, if nothing else on earth, recorded music—at least if that... More >>

  • Music

    published December 21, 2004

    A few years back, in the great tradition of "new wave," the American record industry branded a certain wide-ranging genre of music "electronica,"... More >>

  • Music

    published December 14, 2004

    In honor of the impending annual New Year's Eve jam-band deluge, behold this compendium of fine recent records by actual musicians who almost... More >>

  • Music

    published December 7, 2004

    Sometimes country music these days comes from Bill Clinton fans who duet with hip-hop stars and talk about running for office (where they might do... More >>

  • Music

    published November 30, 2004

    Goes without saying that there's plenty to be depressed about this holiday shopping season, so what we've got here is the special seasonal... More >>

  • Music

    published November 23, 2004

    Prediction: The eight more hipster-oriented units whose current releases are among those happily hyped below may well have a hard time supporting... More >>

  • Music

    published November 16, 2004

    Some definitions may be in order: "Hard rock" below can mean anything from "in the tradition of 1985 Hüsker Dü" (Leatherface) to "in the... More >>

  • Music

    published November 9, 2004

    Yeah, yeah, I know, good little anti-rockists are never supposed to act like music way back when was better than music is now. But what if the... More >>

  • Music

    published November 2, 2004

    Rolling Stone just put out a thick new guide to record albums—a useful and readable one, by the looks of it, but still one that casts... More >>

  • Music

    published October 26, 2004

    Bending over backward to reflect on the rest of the world feels like a patriotic duty this week, though some anti-xenophobic selections below... More >>

  • Music

    published October 19, 2004

    Special Halloween and/or Devil's Night edition, as nearly all of the band names and titles will attest. Which is to say, a ready-made soundtrack... More >>

  • Music

    published October 12, 2004

    Key lines of best song on hardest-rocking record below (which is also the best Drive-By Truckers album of the year, by the way, and maybe the best... More >>

  • Music

    published October 5, 2004

    Exactly two-thirds of the current releases recommended below (and 80 percent of the ones containing new rather than old music) come from women who... More >>

  • Music

    published September 28, 2004

    Didn't know what genre designations to assign Eluvium and Tarentel, so I asked Scott Seward. I figured out the post-dub ones were anti-imperialist... More >>

  • Music

    published September 21, 2004

    Disco lives; ditto other music you can dance to from across the globe. Maybe even "electroclash," though Wolf Eyes might get testy if you call... More >>

  • Music

    published September 14, 2004

    Word on the street claims Lamb of God's well-distributed Ashes of the Wake is the metal record of the year, but word on the street somehow... More >>

  • Music

    published September 7, 2004

    Caveat emptor as always, but even more so than usual on the shortwave interception set—four discs plus an 80-page booklet in a separate jewel... More >>

  • Music

    published August 31, 2004

    Still haven't seen her TV show yet, but Ashlee's record is definitely the best fake Courtney Love album ever to feature Kenny Aronoff playing... More >>

  • Music

    published August 17, 2004

    The most political song on The Electras, originally released in a 500-copy vanity pressing at super-snooty New Hampshire prep school St.... More >>

  • Music

    published August 10, 2004

    The song title of the year, plus stellar music aimed at persons old and young—though what a shame if its audience actually winds up limited... More >>

  • Music

    published August 3, 2004

    Finally, some decent music from another species—and one where the males explode and die after having sex, and that's when they sing their... More >>

  • Music

    published July 27, 2004

    My CD player at home has increasingly been on the blink, thus giving vinyl an unfair advantage this week for a change. THE AVENGERS... More >>

  • Music

    published July 20, 2004

    An encouraging number of local bands who aren't famous yet join a disturbing number of bands who could've opened for Jethro Tull in the '70s among... More >>

  • Music

    published July 13, 2004

    Everything old is creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and altogether ooky again, and everything new is more or less crunk. Or vice versa,... More >>

  • Music

    published July 6, 2004

    Most pretentious shopping list yet—and relaxing at bedtime and soothing during hangovers, to boot! More >>

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